Parent and Community Sunshine Committee Discusses Labor Negotiations

In its first meeting of the 2014-15 school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Parent and Community Sunshine Committee received a detailed report on the status of the LAUSD’s negotiations with its various labor partners.

The Committee, which was re-launched last year at the request of Board President Richard Vladovic, consists of two appointed members from each of the five Educational Service Centers, along with representatives from United Way and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

“The Sunshine Committee provides parents a forum to express their opinions on the state of labor negotiations, including the various proposals on the table,” said Vivian Ekchian, chief labor negotiator for the LAUSD. Ekchian made the presentation to the Sunshine Committee.

At this week’s meeting, committee members were presented with a description of how the District works with its labor partners, an overview of the various unions that represent LAUSD employees, and the specifics of the District’s existing proposal. Ekchian said that moving forward the committee will meet monthly, as opposed to quarterly, as had been the case.

“With more funds coming to the District, events are moving quickly,” she said. “We want to ensure that parents are kept informed of all the latest developments, and given an opportunity to provide input.”

Parent Representative from ESC North Randi Theodosopoulos said after the meeting, “Of all the LAUSD Committees that I’ve participated in throughout my 13 years in the District, this promises to be the most important and impactful. Finally, parents have the opportunity to participate in contract negotiations and bring the voices of other parents and our children to the negotiating table.”

Agenda information and documents distributed at the meeting can be found here.

Parents who wish to participate or observe the meeting can email

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